Process of Joining

Like other member-based organizations, Alpha Chi Omega welcomes new members we believe would have happy and rewarding experiences.


We determine this by seeking women of diverse backgrounds and interests who share our standards of academic development, good character, financial responsibility, leadership ability and personal development.

There are two ways collegiate women may join Alpha Chi Omega. Since our organization is a member of the National Panhellenic Conference, our member recruitment process follows NPC guidelines.

Formal recruitment.

We recruit most of our new members through the formal recruitment process at colleges and universities where we have chapters.

Continuous open bidding.

We also recruit new members through a process called continuous open bidding (COB). This is when we spend time getting to know prospective Alpha Chi Omegas in informal settings, like philanthropic events or campus activities.


We also take into consideration whether a young woman is a legacy—a potential member whose mother, grandmother or sister is an Alpha Chi Omega. We value our members and love meeting legacies. Unfortunately, though, being a legacy does not guarantee membership. Alpha Chi Omega-initiated family members should complete a recommendation form and review our legacy policy, both available in our Resource Center.
Overall, membership in Alpha Chi Omega is mutual. Our recruitment processes helps us get to know women we think might be a good fit, while prospective members get to learn more about us and decide if we’re the organization for them. It’s important for both sides to feel like we’re a good match.
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Alpha Chi Omega Headquarters
5939 Castle Creek Parkway N. Dr.
Indianapolis, IN 46250

Phone: 317.579.5050
Fax: 317.579.5051